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Sunraysia Life January 11, 2019
EARING that we were going to
get yet another new version of
the venerable superhero, and one
featuring not one but multiple
variations of the character appearing the same
tale, I wanted to shout "Stop the madness
already!" Thankfully, no one was listening
as "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" is an
unexpected (at least to yours truly), engaging
and highly entertaining delight from start to
As directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter
Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman from a
screenplay by Rothman and Phil Lord, the film
differentiates itself from its immediate live-
action predecessors by arriving in the form of
gorgeously rendered and drawn animation.
And it's filled with more wit, creativity and
occasionally heart that nearly all of the previous
Simply put, it's a terrific offering that's filled
to the brim with all things meta as related to the
Spider-Man universe. Thankfully though, you
don't need to be a diehard comic book geek
versed in all intricate things Spidey related to
enjoy what's offered. I did – not being such a
fanboy – so much so that it got my vote for Best
Animated Film of the Year.
The fun and charm starts right from the
get-go as the obligatory origin back-story is
both addressed but also sort of mocked by
Spider-Man (voiced by Jake Johnson) himself,
an approach that might remind some viewers of
the "Deadpool" character (albeit in a PG rather
than R-rated approach).
A good mix of comedy and action, the
latter freed up by being presented as animation
(computer and hand-drawn) rather than live-
action footage, thus opening up the possibilities
of what can be depicted up on the screen.
Funny, charming, highly imaginative and simply
entertaining to behold, "Spider-Man: Into the
Spider-Verse" caught me completely off guard
by just how good it is and just when I didn't
think I could take yet another new spin on Peter
Parker and his alter-ego.
– Jim Judy, Screen It!
Genre: Action & Adventure,
Animation, Kids & Family.
Directed By: Bob Persichetti, Peter
Ramsey, Rodney Rothman
Runtime: 100 minutes
Cast: Shameik Moore, Jake Johnson
(XVI), Hailee Steinfeld, Mahershala Ali
SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE
verything about the Lifetime series
You, which recently concluded its
first season and just started streaming
on Netflix (where it will move for its
second season), is a trap.
The show flirts with being outright pulpy
trash, then bounces gleefully between genres,
underlining the many ways those genres prop
up systems that prioritize the feelings and
accomplishments of toxic men. Over the course
of its 10-episode first season, the show visits the
romantic comedy, the "bad boy reformed by a
good girl" story, the stalker thriller, and the "girl
comes of age in the big city" tale, taking only the
parts of these stories it needs, then leaving their
corpses moldering in the ground.
But its genre-hopping and its trashier
elements are very much intentional. You is a story
about what happens when you assume that other
people don't have stories. It imprisons viewers in
the point-of-view of Joe (Penn Badgley), a nice-
guy narcissist who meets the girl of his dreams,
then quietly stalks her to transform himself into
her perfect guy. And that's just his first course of
action; from there, he slowly eliminates threats
to his dominance over her heart, convinced that
he's protecting her from people who don't want
what's best for her (like he does). Even when he
commits murder, he frames it as chivalric.
This is icky moral territory to wade into at any
time, but especially in an era when terrible men
are newly exposed every day, and asking viewers
to spend a 10-episode season trapped inside
the brain of one feels like a tall order. And, to
be sure, plenty of critics and viewers have been
turned off by the way You doesn't let you escape
"being" Joe in some ways, because it makes his
point of view the only one: Anytime someone
tells him the truth about what a monster he is, it's
portrayed as an unfortunate setback.
But though I have my own quibbles with the
series, I found You frequently brilliant, a thrilling
dissection of the stories we tell and the reasons
we tell them, with a season finale unlike anything
else on TV this year.
–Todd VanDerWerff, Vox.
Where to watch: Netflix
Executive producers: Greg Berlanti,
Sera Gamble, Sarah Schechter, Leslie
Morgenstein, Gina Girolamo, Marcos Siega
Cast: Penn Badgley, Elizabeth Lail,
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